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The Playoffs: A Couch
Potato´s High Holidays

American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 4/25/2014 9:47:11 AM

Contra T. S. Eliot, April is not always the cruelest but can sometimes be the coolest month. At least it can be for the couch potato — that would be yours truly — who has two favorite teams in the playoffs, one in the NHL and one in the NBA. The playoffs — there´s something, to the averagely insane sports fan, magical in that phrase. Explicit in it is the climax, the denouement, the dramatic ending of the long season with a few crucial games whose outcome will bring fans either intense pleasure or mild depression.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/25/2014 10:41:51 AM     (No. 9824329)

I´m done with the NHL, and specifically, the Colorado Avalanche, whose ownership also owns Altitude Sports.

You see, even when the team is playing out of town, it´s impossible to even see them on television, unless you´ve paid an extra (huge) fee to get them in a television package. Last night´s game was said to be broadcast on CNBC in my area. "Hooray," I thought - we can finally see a playoff game.
Nope. The game was blacked out.

Goodbye Colorado Avalanche, goodbye NHL.
(The same is true for Colorado Rockies games, by the way). I won´t be darkening their door again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wilko, 4/25/2014 12:13:59 PM     (No. 9824437)

Pro basketball looks like it´s in slow motion compared to college ball. Maybe it´s an optical illusion, but I don´t find it enjoyable. As for the NHL, I´ve never been a fan.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: P chuck, 4/25/2014 2:51:15 PM     (No. 9824605)

Although I prefer Olympic hockey (more emphasis on hockey and not fighting) the playoffs have been great to watch. I have no team in the hunt this year, but the intensity and non stop play has been great. I feel for those who are blacked out, especially when your home team is playing.

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